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Thread: Replaster - Tile Trim in Pebble Finish

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    Replaster - Tile Trim in Pebble Finish

    I am going with a mini pebble finish for my replaster project. As far as replacing the step and spa seat tile trim with new tile, how much more difficult (expensive) does this make the job as opposed to if the finish was going to be, say a plaster or plaster quartz finish? (My trim is a line of two rows of small squares - a fairly dated look, I know). Seems like so many gallery pics of pebble finished pools do not have any tile trim on the steps and shelves. I realize its an added expense to demo out the existing tile trim and reset the new replacement tile trim (about $15 a linear foot); but more than a couple PB doing bids for my replaster have tried to get me to go for a cleaner look - ie, no tile trim (existing water line tile to remain).

    Just wondering if tile trim poses any build or quality issues for the PB in a pebble install. My assumption is that it would make no difference whether its a plaster or a pebble finish.
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    Re: Replaster - Tile Trim in Pebble Finish

    No difference, and trim line isn't dated at all IMO. It's timeless I think. I also prefer Quartz finish for smoothness and cost, as pebbles can easily be double a plaster finish. Quartz being somewhere in the middle.
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    Re: Replaster - Tile Trim in Pebble Finish

    Two pbs said that any pebble type finish makes any curve in a step tile,trim problematic as it's hard to get the pebble to show up in the gap occurring in tiles in the radius part of the curve. Said it also risks scratching the tile as they go thru the acid wash to expose the pebble. Seems like spotter tiles (square 3 or 4" tile rotated to a diamond shape and spaced apart from one another) is doable.

    They all want me to go for the "clean" look, meaning no trim tiles except those spotter tiles. IN looking at a lot of pebble finishes, you just don't see a lot of trim tile, so there may be some issues with trim tile in these pebble finishes.
    Pool: 13k gal. in-ground; Stonescape Mini Pebble - Tropics Blue; Connected Spa - dual spill-over; Aqua Rite T-15 SWCG; AquaLogic PS-4 Automation; Sta-Rite DE Filter; Sta-Rite Max-e-Therm 400k BTU pool heater; Intellifo 2-VST Pump; Stenner 45mp2(25psi/10gpd) acid injection; Bulbwizard color LED pool lights; Poolvergnuegen 2 wheel side suction cleaner; FAFCO rooftop solar. TF-100 w/ speed stir.

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